Diamondbacks defeat Phillies 5-4
Phillies Tweetcap 4/26: Phillies strand tying run on base in the ninth and fall to the Diamondbacks 5-4. Too many runners LOB.
— ThatBall’sOuttaHere (@FS_TBOH) April 26, 2014
Emotional reaction immediately after the game
What happened to the clutch hitting?
Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit
Facing a weak Arizona pitching staff with Roberto Hernandez on the mound, the Phillies need to score more than four runs.
John Mayberry came in as a pinch runner for Ryan Howard in the eighth (which was the correct move in almost anyone’s book). But first he was un-aggressive on the base paths which may have cost the Phillies a run. Then he struck out in the ninth with the tying run in scoring position.
Philadelphia Phillies (11-12) at Arizona Diamondbacks (8-18)
Game time: 8:10 PM
The Phillies need to win tonight if they want to avoid losing this series to the last place Diamondbacks. Fortunately, they have a clear advantage in the pitching matchup. Cliff Lee has been as good as ever lately, giving up one run in 17 innings over his last two starts. He will be opposed by Bronson Arroyo who has been mostly awful this season.
Still, it would be wrong to simply count this one as a win. Based on his career track record, Arroyo will probably turn things around at some point. Besides, the Phillies struggled to score against unheralded Josh Collmenter on Friday night, so they can’t take anything for granted.
Link of Interest
The Phillies have had high hopes for J.P. Crawford since selecting him in the first round of the 2013 draft. Currently playing at the single A level, the Phillies envision him being the eventual replacement at shortstop for Jimmy Rollins. Some people even suspect that Crawford could end up being better than Rollins, the franchise’s all-time best shortstop.
Tweet of Importance
Phillies will try to get back to .500 tomorrow… I think this is the 10th time I have tweeted that this year
— Matt Mizanin (@BroadStPhanatic) April 26, 2014
I predicted that the Phillies would be a .500 team. Was I correct?